Engaging the Base of the Pyramid
in Scaling Impact

What are Inclusive Businesses?

367 million people in ASEAN live on USD6 or less a day, constituting what is known as the base of the pyramid (BoP).

Inclusive businesses seek to provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, either at scale or scalable, to people living at the BoP. By making the BoP a part of the value chain of companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers, Inclusive Business provide them with secure and sustainable livelihoods.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ, Germany)

How to Recognise an Inclusive Business

Inclusive businesses (IBs) come in many different sizes. Here you can understand the distinguishing factors that define Inclusive businesses across the spectrum.

Core to Business

IB Models


These IBs operate directly as scaled-up businesses.


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Core Business Related

IB Activities


These include companies that pilot IB activities (e.g. through core business-related CSR Programmes,)

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For Profit Social Enterprise (SE)

SE Initiatives


Companies that start as SE initiatives that can be scaled up to become IB models.


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Are you an Inclusive Business? Assess your investment readiness here.

Inclusive Business in Asia

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In Asia alone, Inclusive Business is projected to create 1.8 million income opportunities and bring services to over 70 million. To do so, there is a need to foster both knowledge-sharing and ecosystem development.

AVPN has partnered with Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) to catalyse the growth of Inclusive Business in Asia, and provide access to their global resources.

Landscape in Asia

Click on the 4 countries for more information on each social economy, market readiness and growth potential.

Case Study

How IBs Contribute to Commercially-Viable Ecosystems

No business will be able to grow and scale without the help of partnerships. We have profiled a partnership to exemplify how IBs have connected with AVPN members to leverage resources and maximize impact.

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Inclusive Business Profiles

Pioneers In Asia

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Be inspired by our IBs founders who have impacted the world’s most socio-economically disadvantaged group, giving them the dignity, opportunities and self-empowerment they deserve.

Deals In Asia

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Find Inclusive Businesses deals through our Deal Share Platform. Identify opportunities and gaps and deploy financial and non-financial capital in a more targeted and impactful manner.

AVPN Members Engaging in Inclusive Business Models

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Many AVPN members are already active in the Inclusive Business landscape. Find out more about them here.

What's Next in Inclusive Business

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